Nationals right-hander Tyler Clippard got his chance to pitch in his second All-Star Game in the fifth inning tonight at Target Field in Minneapolis. He was able to put out a fire started by Cardinals right-hander Pat Neshek.
With the game tied 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth, Neshek allowed a run-scoring double by Mike Trout that scored former Nationals prospect and current Athletics catcher Derek Norris and gave the American League a one-run lead.
Clippard relieved Neshek and recorded two outs to keep the National League in the game.
Clippard got Jose Altuve to hit a sacrifice fly RBI to left field for a 5-3 American League lead. He then was able to induce a fly ball to center field from Miguel Cabrera, who had earlier hit a two-run homer, capping an eight-pitch at-bat. It was the third out of the inning and after five, the American League led 5-3.
Clippard recorded two outs and gave up no hits, no runs, no walks and did not strike out a batter. He threw 11 pitches, eight for strikes. Milwaukee closer Francisco Rodriguez relieved for the NL in the sixth.
In two All-Star Games in 2011 and 2014, Clippard has now pitched one inning, allowing one hit, no runs, no walks and has not struck out a batter for a 1-0 record with a 0.00 ERA.
Update: The American League wins 5-3 in the All-Star Game, with Neshek taking the loss.